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hawaii to a climate that is chilly. he has chosen chuck hagel as secretary of defense. he would be a controversial pick. he advocates negotiating with iran and some have questioned how strongly he supports israel. one pro israel group is running an ad against hagel. >> even the top senate republican says she reservation judgment. >> i'm going wait and see how the hearings go and see whether chuck's view square with the job he would be nominated to do. >> some democrats are speaking up for him. >> chuck hagel is a tremendous patriot and statesman, served incredibly in vietnam, served in this country as united states senator. >> and president obama is about to lose his treasury-secretary. tim geithner is the last original member of his economic team. he leaves as three major deadlines loom. by the end of february the treasury will lose the power to pay america's's bills and across the board cuts kick in march 1st and the government will run out of all control fund buying the end of march. jack lew is expected to inherited those headaches and president obama has promised quick acti
.com to find out where a hoveround can take you! >>> nebraska republican senator chuck hagel is president obama's choice for secretary of defense. a vietnam vet, hagel tonight is facing fire of a different kind. abc 7's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz has more. >> reporter: president obama made clear today just how important this nomination is for the country. >> my most solemn obligation is the security of the american people. >> reporter: through decades of war and peace, the job of defense secretary has had profound implications. >> if force is to be used, saddam hussein would be removed from power. >> reporter: chuck hagel the horrors of war first hand. at 21, a poor kid from nebraska, he volunteered to go to vietnam, fighting side by side with his 19-year-old brother tom. he got two purple hearts. one when shrapnel ripped open his chest and his brother dragged him to safety and another a month later when hagel himself on fire from a landmine rescued his brother. >> i was on the left side when the major blast came up and i was burned up and down the left side of my body. i
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